"What are you going to be this year for Halloween?" Uttered every October, the question brings endless possibilities, with devout Halloween enthusiasts utilizing all their creative fortitude and discretionary income to craft a costume of pure, horror-filled delight. But elaborate Halloween costumes aren't something that have just popped up in recent years, the spooky tradition hearkens back to the 1800s.
From ornately-decorated costumes full of color and pizazz to simple bed sheets with holes cut out for eyes, these Halloween costumes show us just how much our spooky fashion has evolved and how much it's remained the same over the years.
PHOTOS: Vintage Halloween costumes through the decades
Cabinet photograph of a young woman and five boys in full Halloween costume, Lexington, Oklahoma, circa 1890. (Transcendental Graphics/Getty )